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Urban Thinkers Campus
2017 | on public spaces and participation
2017 | Community street design
This video is made by our partners CAVE, Nairobi-based architects connecting African origins to contemporary architecture and art.
2015 | Minecraft design workshop with the dandora community
Building Public Spaces - Minecraft Workshop in Dandora. Local youth who are repurposing courtyards in Dandora are being trained in using Minecraft to help develop their dreams into reality.
2015 | Placemaking Design Lab
International and local design teams in collaboration with local initiatives designed 3 public spaces strategies in Nairobi.
Fast growing cities, like Nairobi, face serious challenges in developing into an inclusive and prosperous environment. The Making Cities Together project aims to develop a sustainable, viable and long-term agenda for Nairobi’s public spaces as an entry point to urban development.
The project started in 2014 with the Nairobi placemaking inventory. In May 2015, the Placemaking Design Lab took place to develop new strategies for public spaces in the City centre, Dandora and Korogocho. The 'Must Seed' strategy in Dandora was selected for implementation.
The Model Street, a 'place to be' in Dandora with the Dandora Transformation League which was finished in 14 April 2018. This inspiring showcase of a well designed and used public space and other cases, tools and strategies we are sharing on our platform and at many conferences and is top 10 finalist for the World Habitat Awards.
ROADMAP TOWARDS BETTER PUBLIC SPACE
#1a Placemaking inventory
#1b Location research
#2a Placemaking Design Lab
#2b Placemaking Design Intervention
#2b Minecraft Community Design
#3 Building Party!
#4a Knowledge sharing
The inventory identified 17 socio-spatial initiatives across the city. The initiatives result into a higher quality of life and impact livelihoods, still they continue to face challenges including inadequate funding, land ownership, community engagement, expertise and politics.
The use and physical aspects of public spaces were research at 6 of the initiatives in the city centre, neighbourhoods and informal settelements.
Placemaking Design Lab
3 New Placemaking Design Strategies were developed by international and local design teams in collaboration with local initiatives. In a public presentation at Naipolitans' platform in Memorial Park the strategies were shared and discussed.
Placemaking Design Strategy
In Dandora the first step towards the 'Must Seed' strategy will be implemented: a model street to show an example of a well designed and used public space.
Minecraft Community Design
Together with the community we created design ideas for the model street in dandora through the computer game tool 'minecraft' in collaboration with UN-Habitat.
Together with Dandora transformation league we are implementing a model street in neighbourhood in Nairobi, Dandora. based on the strategy from the lab and the minecraft community workshop we are planting trees, painting the facades, placing bins and constructing welcoming gateways.
- Exhibition at N-Aerus 15th conference, Brussels, NOV 2014,
- Public debate Naipolitans, Nairobi, NOV 2014.
- Exhibition at Prepcom2 & GC25, Nairobi APR 2015.
- PUblic space biennalE, Rome, May 2015
-IFHP Summit, BERLIN, Nov 2015
- HABITATIII, QUITO, OCT 2016
- PLACEMAKING WEEK Nairobi, DEC 2016,
- UTC, Nairobi, 3-4 May 2017
To create sustainable public spaces, drivers for a better city, we collaborate with stakeholders: local initiatives, government, private sector, academia, NGO's, bilateral organisations and above all citizens. Join us!
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Project initiators, Organizers, Advisors, Community organisation and the Design Team.
Thanks to the financial support of UN-Habitat, Nairobi City County, Stichting DOEN, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Rendeavour.
And great thanks to the in-kind support of University of Nairobi, Technical University of Kenya, Naipolitans, Kounkuey Design Initiative, GoDownArtCentre, Placemaking Initiatives in Nairobi, Projects for Public spaces, Architects without Borders, Kilimani Project Foundation, Centre for Creative and Cultural Industries, Community Media House, Media Head Quarters, House of Manji, Wire products ltd., Village Market, Jotun, Anka consultants, Gamma Delta, Metrix Integrated and Hormigon Holdings.
Local design team
Design bureau, creative services in architecture, interior and landscape - Kenya
Local design team
International design studio operating within the fields of architecture, urbanism, research and development. AVANTI’s architecture emerges out of a careful analysis of how contemporary life constantly evolves and changes - Kenya
Supports committed entrepeneurs with sustainable, cultural and socially-engaged initiatives towards a green, socially-inclusive and creative society. DOEN offers these people financial support and brings them together to connect them - The Netherlands
Together we organised a community Minecraft workshop. The created designs are being implemented with support of UN-Habitat.
Making Cities Together documents & links
Public spaces are the drivers in urban development in Nairobi & world wide.
UrbanThinkers Campus report
International New Town Institute, UN-Habitat, Project for Public Spaces, Placemakers, Architects without Borders, KUWA
Dandora Transformation League, KUWA, International New Town Institute, DOEN, UN-Habitat and Placemakers
The Inventory was conducted in collaboration with the Technical University of Kenya and was exhibited at the N-Aerus 15th International Conference in Brussels, 27-29 November 2014. "Real Change?, exploring and assessing ways to co-produce knowledge for tangible transformations in the cities of the South."
Social and spatial research of a selection of the public spaces was done by interdisciplinary teams of sociologists, urban designers, planners and architects of the University of Nairobi, Centre for Urban Research and Innovations.
Lab outcome: Must Seed Presentation
Presentation of the upscaling strategy Must Seed in the neighborhood Dandora.
Design team: Mustard Seeds, Citilinks, Avanti Architecture, Land + Civilization Compositions and Rodeo Architects.
Lab outcome: Responsive city - Jeevanjee Gardens
Jeevanjee Gardens are in rehabilitation, here you will find the presentation of tactical urbanism: undesigning, trial and error, testing of strategy, participatory processes to make the city more responsive to its use.
Design team: Urban Codes, Cave, KUWA and METASITU.
Lab outcome: Korogocho's streets
The final presentation of the Korogocho team: By involving not only youth but also women and elderly intensely use the streets it is possible to create a safer environment. Getting people out of their safe houses and shared alleyways is essential to create a successful public space.
Design team: Hoperaisers, Cave, Paul Currion, Boogertman+Partners, Bantu Studio and Ma3Route.
Naivasha, Kenya, 17 June 2015 - Kenya’s Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development is conducting a series of consultation workshops with all the 47 county governments to validate the draft National Urban Development Policy (NUDP). UN-Habitat is supporting this process as part of its support to the Kenya Municipal Programme.
The proposed Master Plan will integrate all the existing Master Plans of various infrastructures within the city of Nairobi and its surrounding. Infrastructure to be included is urban transport, railway, airport, power, water supply, sewerage, telecommunication and solid waste management.
Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero and UN-Habitat Executive Director Joan Clos launched the Jeevanjee Gardens Public Space Project on 24 February 2014. This project is a component and demonstration activity of the larger “Nairobi Revitalizing Public Spaces” Project, a joint cooperation of the Nairobi City County and UN-Habitat.
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